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The Astrodome Revisited, Houston’s Other Old Ballparks, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Last week, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Astrodome. Among the more recent developments – an application has been submitted seeking to designate the Dome as a “state antiquities landmark.” The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic […]

Last week, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Astrodome. Among the more recent developments – an application has been submitted seeking to designate the Dome as a “state antiquities landmark.” The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic Places. Back in November, voters rejected a $217 million bond issue to turn the building into a giant convention and exhibition space.

And so, what was once known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” is in limbo…again.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll welcome your thoughts about the future of the Astrodome for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Edgar Colon from the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, and Beth Wiedower from the Houston Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Also this hour: long before Minute Maid Park, before the Astrodome, baseball was played in downtown Houston in other venues. We’ll learn about Buff Stadium, Colt Stadium, and West End Park, as we talk with Mike Vance, Executive Director of Houston Arts and Media, about Houston’s other old ballparks.

Plus: the changing attitudes and environment surrounding street art in H-town.

Houston Matters starts at noon. Join us on air: 713-440-8870 or talk@houstonmatters.org.

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